All3Media taps NBCU vet Yari Torres for VP, Latin America role
Indie distributor All3Media International has appointed experienced sales executive Yari Torres to the position of VP, Latin America, replacing Janel Downing, who has relocated to the Atlanta area.
Torres (pictured) will be based in Miami and report to Sally Habbershaw, EVP Americas for All3Media. She will be tasked with managing sales of All3Media International’s multi-genre catalog of factual and dramatic finished shows and formats across the Latin America region.
Joining All3Media from NBC Universal, Torres brings nearly 10 years of industry experience to the position. As director, sales liaison, she led NBCU’s international content distribution sales in Latin America. Prior to that, she was responsible for content and format sales in Asia and French-speaking territories for Telemundo Internacional, and also held roles at JP Morgan and HSBC Bank.
“Nurturing strong client relationships is key to successful content distribution, so Yari’s wealth of expertise in this area will ensure that our current and future clients in the region are in very safe hands,” Habbershaw said in a statement.
Disney+ to launch in new countries and territories this summer
The Walt Disney Co. will launch its Disney+ streaming service in 42 additional countries and 11 new territories this summer, beginning with a May 18 launch in South Africa and followed by other countries in June.
On June 8, Disney+ will launch in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestine Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. On June 14, the service will expand to Albania, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Vatican City. And on June 16, Disney+ will launch in Israel.
On June 14, the service will launch in 11 new territories: the Faroe Islands, French Polynesia, the French Southern Territories, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Overseas Collective, the Aland Islands, Sint Maarten, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Pit Caim Islands and St. Helena.
Something Special, The Gurin Company partner on Family Singers format
Something Special, the Seoul-based international format agency founded by president and executive director Jin Woo Hwang and EVP and head of content InSoon Kim, has announced a co-development partnership with Phil Gurin‘s The Gurin Company.
The agreement will see both companies co-develop the unscripted global competition format Family Singers. The project is set to be brought to the international market during MIPTV, which takes place from April 4 to 6 in Cannes.
Family Singers is a one-hour, closed-ended entertainment format in which four families of four compete in singing challenges until only two families are left to compete in a sing-off in the final round. Each family has the chance to bank money during each round, with the final winner (chosen by the studio audience) taking home the prize money.
“With families experiencing quarantine together during the pandemic, we wanted to shine a light on the importance of teamwork by bringing talented relatives to the stage to share their heartwarming stories and work together to win cash,” Something Special’s Jin Woo Hwang said in a release. “Phil is the best industry veteran and there’s no better partner for this project. We look forward to bringing Family Singers to MIPTV Format buyers in Cannes.”
Phil Gurin, president and CEO of The Gurin Company, added: “The opportunity to collaborate with my old friend Jin and his talented team enabled us to create what we think is currently missing in the marketplace — a big, splashy, self-contained singing game show where everyday families compete together. We are excited to launch at MIPTV before spreading out to the rest of the world.”
Espresso Media inks deal with Sky UK for pair of doc projects
UK-based distributor Espresso Media International has licensed a pair of documentary titles to Sky UK ahead of MIPTV.
The true-crime series Monster in the Shadows (3 x 52 min.) will go to Sky UK in April. The series, which originally debuted on NBCUniversal’s Peacock service in the U.S., investigates the disappearance of Alabama teenager Brittney Wood, who left her house in May 2012 and was never seen again.
Meanwhile, the star-studded theater documentary On Broadway (1 x 82 min.) will go to Sky Arts. Directed by Oscar nominee Oren Jacoby and featuring an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen, the film tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink.
“We are delighted to have completed this deal with Sky. On Broadway brings the neon lights and a fascinating loving history, along with a star-studded cast which will dazzle on Sky Arts; whereas the jaw-dropping Monster in the Shadows from UK producer Revolutionary Leader is a sensitively told, yet unbelievable documentary and finds a natural home on Sky Crime,” said Jessica Reilly, head of sales and acquisitions for Espresso Media in a news release. “We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Sky, and they are the perfect UK home for these remarkable documentaries.”